Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.
Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.
I won’t say I’m an expert with retellings since I can actually count with my fingers the number of books I’ve read with twists in classic stories/fairytales, but taking into account my limited knowledge, I seriously believe Cinder is one of the best retellings I’ve read so far. It’s absolutely fantastic and I’m thrilled to say all the hype is very well deserved!
Cinder IS a Cinderella retelling, but I love how the author mixed sci-fi and steampunk into the story. It’s a futuristic world with androids, cyborgs, aliens and so many more intriguing elements, a world ruled by a few governors, but mostly kings and queens that are trying to keep a slowly crumbling society together that’s suffering a plague with no cure. Talk about amazing world-building! Marissa Meyer certainly created something unique.
The characters are also one great aspect of this book! I loved the main character, Cinder because she is amazing! I enjoyed meeting and getting to know her. This is a character who is brave and skilled, but also insecure and unaware of her worth because of how different she is from humans. I love how she develops and I’m sure she’ll grow into something greater in the next books.
I also loved the evil queen and what she stands for. I know she’s the bad guy of the story, but I’m still excited to see her act. Oh, and of course, I loved that Cinder has a prince. He is quite charming and totally swoon-worthy! Glad to add him to my list of book princes.
But most of all, I loved the feels I got when reading this book. Good feels, bad feels, you name it! Cinder is one exciting ride that had me flipping pages in record time and left me wanting for more once I was done with it. Good thing I have the rest of the series to enjoy, right? So if you haven’t started with this series yet then I must encourage you to do so soon. I know you’ll also enjoy it too! 😀